Friday, April 15, 2005

Syracuse Women Poets Read at CNY NOW Event at Delavan Art Gallery

Poets, top to bottom; left to right: Georgia A. Popoff, Mary McLaughlin Slechta, Linda Tomol Pennisi, and Janine DeBaise (bottom)
photos by Jude Nagurney Camwell

NOW CNY/Syracuse -
Celebrate April With Poetry

The famous poet T.S.Eliot called April the "cruelest month". Since April is now poetry month, Eliot, were he still alive, might change his mind. What better time to have celebrated both women and poetry? CNY NOW presented four outstanding women poets reading their works about women last Thursday in the Delevan Center Gallery in Syracuse.

Georgia Popoff is a community poet, performer, educator, spoken word producer, and senior editor of The Comstock Review. A teaching poet in schools and the community, including the Downtown Writer's Center, the Syracuse chapter of the YMCA's national Writers' Voice program, she has appeared in numerous journals, anthologies, and web publications. Collections include Coaxing Nectar from Longing (Hale Mary Press, 1997), and Gold: The Greatest Hits 1998-2003 (Pudding House Press chapbook series). Georgia is also coordinator for Partners for Arts Education and a board member of the Association of Teaching Artists.

Mary McLaughlin Slechta's short fiction and poetry have appeared in many fine journals and anthologies. Buried Bones, a chapbook of poems, came out in 2004 by Foothills Publishing. She is a teacher and an associate editor with The Comstock Review.

Linda Tomol Pennisi lives in Syracuse where she teaches in the Creative Writing program at LeMoyne College. Her poems have appeared in journals such as The Evansville Review, Prarie Schooner, Bellingham Review, and many others. "Seamless", a collection of her poetry, came out in 2003. A former nurse, she earned her MFA in Writing from Vermont College. She received resounding applause after reading "Red Running Through It", a poem deeply rooted in the female experience, which can be read, in part, here.

Janine DeBaise teaches writing and literature at SUNY College of Forestry. Her poems have appeared in various literary journals. "Of A Feather, a collection of her poetry, came out in 2003. Here academic interests include ecofeminism, ecocriticism, and the intersection of science and literature. One of the poems she read was "Woven", which can be seen here.

Delavan Art Gallery, Syracuse, N.Y.
photo by Jude Nagurney Camwell

The Delavan Art Gallery is designed to be a highly flexible space with movable wall surfaces and excellent track lighting. It is an art sales facility that features the fine art of area artists in its best possible setting. The 3800 square feet of exhibit space is large enough to accommodate several uses at the same time. One of their selection criterion is geographic. For the time being they are limiting most of the work shown there to that produced by artists who live or work in Onondaga and surrounding counties. There are many fine artists in this area who have needed an appropriate setting for their work, and they seek, along with other galleries, to help fill that need. Currently, artwork by Ruth Wynn, Amy Haven, and Jamie Ashlaw are being showcased.


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